On July 4th, Sheffield garage-pop foursome Best Friends (Lewis Sharman, Tom Roper, Ed Crisp, and Jonny Gaymer) will release their debut record Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane. To learn more about the album and catch up with the group, A Music Blog, Yea? recently spoke with Ed to discuss hailing from Sheffield, hot and reckless tour moments, and pioneering the act of “ass claps”. Dive into our interview below:
AMBY: Hey Best Friends, welcome back to AMBY. Where does our interview find you today?
Best Friends: I’m in the quiet coach of a commuter train listening to Grazes on repeat until I get home to Sheffield.
AMBY: Your debut album titled, Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane, gives the impression of a crazy record. Can fans expect a hot, reckless, and insane album?
Best Friends: The album is a pretty good mix of hot songs, reckless song writing and songs that we’ve been playing for years, which is totally insane.
AMBY: What influences can be found on your new record that might not be apparent to a listener?
Best Friends: During the recording process we pioneered the act of ‘Ass Claps’ to give a deeper sounding clap, you might not be able to hear it, but it’s there. We also had a lot of fresh fruit and mineral water, it’s important to stay healthy and hydrated, and I think that really comes across in the record, a balanced diet and plenty of vitamins.
AMBY: Does hailing from Sheffield affect your sound and the way you approach making music? If so, how?
Best Friends: I guess the cheap rent on studio space has given us the time to write songs in an environment that isn’t necessarily high-pressure like hourly practise space might be. We’ve been pretty lucky to have our own place that we can just turn up to and make music whenever we want, separately or together. We still have no money so all our gear is broken most of the time, maybe that changes how we sound? I dunno, maybe our geographical location makes absolutely no difference whatsoever.
AMBY: What is one of your favourite memories from the writing or recording undergone for Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane?
Best Friends: The ass claps were funny but painful. Being in a legitimate studio was really fun, and Adam Jaffrey and Zeb Budworth were really amazing to work with, they made the album sound better than we ever could have imagined and we are forever in their debt.
AMBY: In August you will be playing Y Not Festival along with some other great acts. Which would you be like to catch while you’re there?
Best Friends: We’re gonna take the opportunity to try and smoke a big fat blunt with Snoop, if not I guess we’ll see if Johnny Marr will join us for the next album. I’ll probably watch Less than Jake to relive my teenage pop-punk/ska days. But seriously, Bo fucking Ningen, the best live band that exists.
AMBY: You recently finished a UK tour along with Nai Harvest. What’s something reckless or totally insane that happened?
Best Friends: It was all extremely hot. It was a tour that’s been a really long time coming, I’ve lived with Lew for years and we’ve been talking about this tour forever, so it was amazing to do that and take along Ben Goulder of Grazes fame who was taking pictures and being generally an ace person, and Calum Keiller of Avida Dollars/Delicious Clam fame selling merch and getting his ass out at any given opportunity. I would happily tour with the exact same people for the rest of my life.
AMBY: For Record Store Day, Best Friends, alongside Alvvays, Menace Beach, and many other artists, were put on a compilation released by Art is Hard Records. Which other artists on that release would you recommend your fans to listen to?
Best Friends: Listen to all of them, they’re all great. It was a cool release because all of the labels and bands are awesome, and it’s our first ever 12″ release. Shoutout Dog Knights Productions, the hardest working label in S11…
AMBY: Lastly, what’s the best part of being in Best Friends?
Best Friends: Getting to hang out with your ~Best Friends~ and meeting new ones.
Thank you Best Friends, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Madison Atout | @MadisonAtout